KANSAS CITY, APRIL 16, 2020 - Raymond “Allen” Vaughn of Kansas City, Mo. is well-acquainted with St. Joseph Medical Center. He has worked there
for 13 years, currently as the lead in the environmental services department.
But last month, this 55-year-old suddenly went from an employee to a patient.
While working in the Cath Lab area and talking to a staff member named
Nancy, Vaughn suffered an ischemic stroke.
“All of a sudden, I started to feel a burning sensation,” Vaughn
says. “Nancy asked me if something was wrong, and I started to take
a step when I just collapsed on the floor. I could hear her speaking,
and I tried to respond, but I couldn’t. My whole right side went
Vaughn was rushed to the emergency room at St. Joseph Medical Center where
he was met by the attending physician who ordered a CT scan and the anti-clot
stroke medication tPA.
“The doctor was right there attending to me,” Vaughn says.
“I received the medication at 3:30 p.m., and by 10 p.m. I had full
function of my whole right side. I also showed no damage on the results
of my CT scan.” Vaughn says that although the ordeal was frightening,
he is grateful for the quick response of the team at St. Joseph.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he adds.
“I was treated with compassion and care, and I would definitely
recommend St. Joseph Medical Center to others based on my experience.”
The hospital has received several awards in the past few years across a
broad range of categories, including the American Stroke Association Award
and approval from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. The
certification recognizes that St. Joseph's Stroke Center follows national
standards and guidelines in implementing a higher standard of stroke care
to significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
“Allen is known and appreciated by many of the staff here,”
says Jodi Fincher, CEO. “We’re so grateful that he was able
to get the timely help he needed. This experience really emphasizes how
awards are more than just emblems -- they represent real help in saving
Vaughn is back at work now and says he feels great. He continues to monitor
his blood pressure and takes Plavix, an anti-platelet prescription medicine,
to help prevent further strokes. He says that with his family history
of heart disease on both sides, plus the defibrillator he had implanted
several years ago, he is extra mindful of -- and grateful for -- his health.
His advice to others is to not ignore any unusual symptoms or discomfort.
“If you feel anything is off, get it checked out right away,”
he says. “Don’t just ignore it. Especially with strokes, the
response time is definitely the key to a full recovery.”